The National Labor Relations Board hasn’t slowed down in December. In addition to issuing a decision on email use and a new election rule, the NLRB invited more controversy on Friday by issuing 13 consolidated complaints against McDonald’s and its franchisees, alleging that McDonald’s is just as much an employer of franchisees’ workers as the franchisees themselves. The NLRB believes McDonald’s corporate controls the experience of each worker. Given that five percent of businesses are franchise-related and eight percent of private sector jobs come from franchises, this will be a big deal in 2015.
In other developments:
- Suzanne Lucas (a/k/a Real Evil HR Lady) offered some advice on handling depression in the workplace.
- Following New Jersey's lead, the highest court in the European Union held that obesity can be a disability under its anti-discrimination laws.
- The EEOC settled a disability discrimination suit with Bank of America for $110,000. The suit arose from B of A’s termination of a visually impaired, temporary employee after only one day on the job.
- Meghan Biro covered what will cause disruption in the world of work for 2015.
- The Job Post listed its 10 HR technology applications to look out for in 2015.
- The New York Times glimpsed the future of robots in the workplace and how workers are struggling to stay ahead.
Wage and Hour
- TLNT covered the Department of Labor’s efforts to enforce the Fair Labor Standards Act in California and New York.
- Fortune reminded employers that minimum wages are about to rise in 20 states.
- Wage & Hour Insights discussed when a business is subject to the FLSA.
The Employment Law Navigator will be taking a holiday break for the rest of this week. We’ll be back on Monday, December 29. Best wishes of the season!
Posted by: Kate Bischoff